RKD Netherland Institute for art History
The private archives held by the RKD vary greatly in size and content. An artist’s archive, for example, may consist of: personal documents such as passports, diplomas, correspondence, diaries and other notebooks, work and project files, but also membership cards, documents relating to the artist’s involvement in exhibitions, sales books, texts for lectures and presentations, sketches, preparatory studies, photographs, videos, sound recordings, invitations and other printed paraphernalia.
The RKD is home to around 900 archives. An overview of all the archives in the collection can be found in the RKDcollections database. Archives for which an inventory is available can be found using the RKDarchives database.
The archives can be consulted at the RKD in The Hague but you need to submit a request in advance.
Before letting you consult an archive at the RKD, we ask you to complete this form. This is because under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Dutch GDPR Implementation Law (Uitvoeringswet Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming) sensitive or ‘special category’ personal data can be processed for scientific or historical research or for statistical purposes only if certain data protection principles are met. You can view the requested archive once you have completed the form and it has been signed by an RKD staff member and yourself. If you are unable to answer certain questions fully, please state the reason. You can also fill out the form at home and bring it along on your next visit.
The following conditions apply to photography of archival objects: